Community development leader with over 14 years experience in financial services and neighborhood revitalization.
Katherine was born in the country of Panama and traveled for many years as part of a military family; however, since 1998, New Orleans has been her home. As an active supporter and advocate of financial literacy and home ownership, Katherine Johnson is known for her work in creating pathways that lead families to self-sufficiency and financial freedom. Katherine has been a part of the HARMONY family for the last 7 years and stepped into the role of Executive Director of Harmony Neighborhood Development in June 2017.
Katherine's expertise surrounds the fields of community development and financial capability programming, and she has extensive experience navigating federal housing programs. During her time with HARMONY, Katherine successfully integrated financial capability programming into Housing Development, and her work resulted in 72 families reaching their goal of homeownership. Combined, these families received a total of $3.4 million of soft second subsidies with her assistance. As a devoted wife, mother of five, and lover of all things family, Katherine's work is driven by her heart for people, and she continues to find new ways to bring resources, support, and tools to our community. Katherine studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and is certified as a Director of a Homeownership Counseling Agency and holds certifications as a financial coach and occupancy specialist.
Kisha Levy is new to the HARMONY family as the Director of Programs. Kisha brings over 10 years non-profit experience to HARMONY in the areas to include Program Development, Program Management, Quality Assurance and Compliance, Community Relations and Engagement, Budgeting, and Policy and Procedure Development and Implementation.
A Louisiana native, Kisha made New Orleans her home in 2012 after residing in the State of Florida for over 12 years. While in Florida, Kisha worked with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice as a Certified Juvenile Probation Officer, and then later, as a Program Director for a non-profit agency that provided assistance to families with incarcerated and/or at-risk to be incarcerated children. Since relocating to New Orleans, Kisha has served as a Program Supervisor for the Evening Reporting Center with Orleans Parish Juvenile Court as well as the Community Liaison for Urban Strategies, Inc. Kisha is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In her new role as Director of Programs, Kisha will manage the Harmony Oaks Community Center as well as all programs currently housed in the Center. She will also seek more programming that will be meaningful and beneficial to the members of the Central City community.
Kisha is a financial coach in training.
Patrick Carter is a multidisciplinary activist, case manager, facilitator, and mentor inspired most by the lives of everyday people. A New Orleans native, his work transcends the boundaries of society and culture. Patrick facilitates and advocates in a sincere attempt to connect people in provocative and meaningful ways. Patrick's work focuses on behaviors that are detrimental to healthy relationships, personal growth, and financial well-being. Patrick makes it a point to have open dialogue about the systematic barriers our participants face and empowers our participants to have an active role in the changes they wish to see in their lives.
Patrick Carter is a graduate of Southern University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in business. Patrick is well known for his work in promoting the 2:7 DAD curriculum to fathers, managing group facilitation, and serving as a community liason and advocate of affordable housing choices, workforce development, and financial capability.
Patrick is an active member of Group Violence Reduction Strategy, National Fatherhood Initiative, and is certified as group facilitator. Patrick also specializes in basketball skill training and youth empowerment.
Scarlet Garcia is our newest addition to the HARMONY family where her role is Community Outreach Manager. Scarlet has over 20 years in the financial field with expertise in Mortgage Lending, First Time Home Buyer Education, Credit Counseling, Money Management, and Investments. Scarlet uses her expertise through class facilitation and counseling. Scarlet serves as a community liaison for diverse populations such as the Latino and Muslim Communities.
Scarlet moved to New Orleans in 1986 and has made this her permanent home. Scarlet has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Orleans in Liberal Arts and has also been certified by the National Community Reinvestments Coalition as a Housing Counselor and Educator. Scarlet is also licensed in Insurances and Investments Products.
Program Facilitator and current Harmony Homeowner, Alecia, comes to HARMONY with 4 years in banking 5+ years in customer service. Alecia conducts all intakes into HARMONY's programs and works with families in achieving their financial and credit goals. She is a certified Homeowner Counselor and Trainer, Financial Coach in training, and just acquired her Bachelors in Finance from the University of New Orleans.
Executive Assistant and New Orleans native, Connie has 10 + years in customer service and business management. Connie serves on the front lines of all the programs that HARMONY manages and provides administrative support to the leadership team.